I recently tried using etching cream for the first time. I liked it. My first etching project was on this set of Pyrex dishes for my oldest son, who is in college and living on his own. It seemed like a useful gift for carrying food from our house to his house. :) I added his initials to the glass so that his dishes are identifiable as his. He received them filled with rice krispy treats.

etching glass pyrex initials

The next thing I etched was this mason jar that I use for my iced green tea. To do the etching, I used Armour etching cream that I found at Hobby Lobby. {If you get it from Hobby Lobby, be sure to use your 40% off coupon.} The bottle didn’t have directions printed on it for how long to leave the cream on the glass, so I did a little trial and error. I used a mason jar for testing. I bought some etching stencils, and they worked well. They are reusable. I wanted a star on my jar, too, so I used painter’s tape to make the star. It definitely looks hand drawn and imperfect.

supplies for etching glass

I put the etching cream on and laid the glass down so the cream wouldn’t run off. After some trial and error, I ended up leaving the etching cream on for a little over 30 minutes.

etching glass stencil

I used cold water to rinse off the etching cream. They recommend using gloves because this stuff can give you burns. I peeled off the stencils and the tape and here’s how it looks now:

etching glass on mason jar

And with iced green tea:

etching glass mason jar

Aren’t these fun? Pyrex is so useful, I think this could be used as a custom gift for lots of people, and it’s always nice to have your dishes marked so that they are eventually returned to you!

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10 Responses to Etching Glass

  1. K Coake says:

    I was planning on doing this exact thing today. So glad to know that the etching cream will etch the pyrex because I read somewhere that it doesn’t etch all pyrex. I was a little concerned that all that I bought might not actually etch. They look great.

    • Betsy says:

      I read that the etching cream might not work on Pyrex, too. Maybe I got lucky when I picked out that particular set. Thanks for stopping by and good luck in your etching projects!

  2. Nicole says:

    Cool! I have have to try this etching cream sometime.

  3. Katie says:

    I love this! I’ve etched a couple of things before, but I hadn’t thought of doing it on pyrex or mason jars. I like how you created the star, too. Thanks for sharing 😀
    Katie@ http://www.thecreativebubble.com

  4. T'onna says:

    cool! Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!


  5. Christine says:

    Oh WOW!! I so need to try this!! It looks like fun! So many possibilities.

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! I’m looking forward to seeing what you link up this evening! :)

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